Nurses are part of a skilled workforce. This workforce provides valuable medical care to patients at hospitals, medical centers, nursing homes and other health care facilities. Those who choose to enter this profession must pass a nursing program—a program that can come with great expense.
Filling out an application for a nursing license can be a long and taxing process. These licenses are generally state specific, meaning nurses likely need to complete different applications whenever they relocate to a different state.
Those who earn a nursing degree put in serious study and dedication. In addition to the demands directly tied to the license, there is a tangential cost. These individuals may have to take away time from family and friends as well as put in the financial investment that comes with supporting oneself during the years of work required to earn the license.
Investigators are reviewing allegations a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) illegally posed as a physician. The investigation began after a state agency received complaints about the individual. These complaints led to a search warrant and investigation of a medical building where the nurse allegedly ran an illegal medical practice. At this practice, the accused allegedly provided medical treatments to patients that believed he was a medical doctor.
Prosecutors recently accused a New York nurse of wrongfully taking pain medications from his employer. The hospital where he works stated he took the medication without proper authorization. The nurse was originally charged with multiple felonies, but through a plea deal the nurse’s defense team reduced the charges to a misdemeanor and entered a treatment program.
The Nassau County District Attorney recently announced the arrest of a nurse from Queens. The nurse allegedly stole over $30,000 in medical equipment from a local hospital. The allegations have led to charges of third-degree grand larceny.
The Attorney General’s office announced charges against a local nurse for allegedly defrauding Medicaid of over $30,000. The office has also accused the woman of various tax crimes in New York in connection to these allegations.
A nurse in Wisconsin is facing allegations of abuse while working in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The allegations led to an investigation of the nurse. Alleged abuses include bruises to the arms of infants and a skull fracture.
New York recently passed a law that changes the requirements needed to earn a nursing license. The law achieves two goals: creates a commission to review the nursing profession and increases the requirements tied to the license.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently investigated a VA Western New York Healthcare System for the circumstances that led to a patient’s death. The investigation focused on the alleged mismanagement of a patient’s resuscitation.